Asheville, North Carolina is a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful views as well as its budding food and beverage scene. If you’re looking to get away to Asheville, then here are the things that you cannot miss!
Buxton Hall: If you are visiting the south, then you have to get some BBQ, right? Buxton Hall was opened by Elliot Moss and has become kind of a sanctuary for the southern delicacy. It has a more industrial vibe with brick walls, dark wood floors, and simple furniture. Although the front looks like your grandma’s favorite BBQ joint, this is not your grandma’s BBQ.
Must Try: Smoky Fried NC Catfish or Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich
Rhubarb: John Fleer opened up Rhubarb to upgrade dining in Asheville. Using locally sourced items, he brings unexpected flavors. This eatery has an upscale industrial vibe to it with rustic touches. They also have a Sunday Supper where you get 3 courses at communal tables featuring the best of the best from local markets!
Must Try: Wood-Grilled BCF Bavette Steak or Grilled Ashley Farms Half Chicken
The Admiral: You may walk by The Admiral without even realizing what it is. One of West Asheville’s biggest names is not to be missed. With Elliot Moss of Buxom Hall being a previous chef, you’re in for some good food. If you have ever wanted to have an amazing dinner in a dive bar from 1987, this is your chance.
Must Try: Chinese Prawn Toast or Beef Tartare
Funkatorium: This taproom by Wicked Weed Brewing is focused on sour beers with over a dozen varieties on draught. During the summer, you can also head out to the Biergarten with 22 drafts and 34 bottles available. They also have a tasty food menu just in case you get snacky!
Trade & Lore: For my coffee lovers out there, this one is for you! Trade & Lore brings some of the best local coffee and baked goods to you. This is a great place to try handcrafted coffee drinks that you won’t find anywhere else. There is also a fun little shop in the back with tons of great souvenirs to take home.
Antidote: Although it looks like it has been there forever, Antidote just opened recently. It is a gorgeous pre-prohibition inspired speakeasy with three floors and a rooftop patio to drink your cocktails on. They also feature Chemist gin which is made right next door to the bar, and you can see the inside of the distillery from the bar!
Omni Grove Park Inn: This is 100% my favorite place to stay in Asheville. Built in 1913, this historic hotel features huge stone fireplaces, possibly the best views in town, and a spa that your Instagram feed can be proud of. It also boasts five restaurants, arts and crafts furnishings, and a golf course designed by Donald Ross.
The Windsor Boutique Hotel: If you’re looking for something in the heart of town, then this is the best option! After undergoing a historical renovation in 2013, this rustic chic hotel offers luxury along with a dash of local culture as well! There are many shops, restaurants, and bars within walking distance as well.
Foundry Hotel: Opened in 2018, the Foundry Hotel opened as part of Hilton’s Curio Collection. The hotel has a rustic chic design with beautiful exposed brick walls and perfectly picked furniture. There is a marketplace where you can shop for souvenirs, hiking, and camping goods. They also have a Tesla Model X to chauffeur you around during your stay!
River Arts District: If you’re looking for the perfect gift, or just something special for you, then you can’t go wrong browsing the River Arts District. Stroll around and see artist at work blowing glass, painting, building furniture and many more crafts! There are also a lot of great places to grab food and drinks too.
Enjoy Nature: As someone who grew up in this area, there is no better place to get back to nature than when you visit Asheville. The Blue Ridge Mountains have a lot to offer everyone and there is never a bad time to visit. Head out on a hiking trail to see beautiful waterfalls or hop in a raft and head down the river. You can also just drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and take in some gorgeous sites.
Biltmore Estate: No trip to the Asheville area would be complete without going to the Biltmore estate. At nearly 180,000 square feet, America’s largest privately-owned home is nothing short of a masterpiece. You can tour the home, built in 1895, or visit their winery and gardens. There is also a Downton Abbey exhibition currently showing. After you’ve walked the vast estate, relax and recharge at the world class spa. The holidays are especially a great time to visit if you’re in the area.